The Oklahoma Sooners and TCU Horned Frogs will both look to win and remain unbeaten when the two national title hopefuls met at Amon Carter Stadium on Saturday in a Week 6 showdown that will go a long way toward deciding the postseason fates of both squads.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 25 TCU
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Spread: Oklahoma -6
TCU has allowed an FBS-low 0.31 pts per drive this year, on pace to be the lowest for any D in the last 10 seasons. pic.twitter.com/ELXtCj7GbE
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 2, 2014
Week 6 Against The Spread Picks Sooners Vs. Horned Frogs
Oklahoma (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) is coming off a convincing 45-33 win over West Virginia two weeks ago and will be well-rested after receiving a bye this past weekend. The Sooners managed to cover the spread as an 8.5-point favorite to move to 3-0 ATS over their last three games as freshman running back Samaje Perine rushed the ball a whopping 34 times for 242 yards and four touchdowns.
Sophomore quarterback Travis Knight has completed just 58.5 percent of his passes this season, and has thrown just four TD passes and three interceptions while adding another two rushing scores on 14 carries.
"Their skill guys are all really good," Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said. "They have one of the better offensive lines and then you put it with the defense that runs like it does. Our kids are up to the challenge."
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 2, 2014
Oklahoma’s stifling defense had not allowed more than 16 points until their last game, but the Sooners are still allowing just 16.5 points per game, good for 18th in the nation.
Oklahoma is also ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (44.8 ppg) and inside the top 50 in both, passing (41st) and rushing (34th).
TCU (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) absolutely obliterated SMU in its commanding 56-0 shutout win in Week 5 as junior quarterback Trevone Boykin completed 23 of 36 passes for 280 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Boykin has completed 64.2 percent of his passes this season for 858 yards with eight touchdowns and just one interception.
"The biggest difference offensively you see them spreading the ball out now," Sooners head coach Bob Stoops said. "Boykin is throwing the ball well and running it. They’re using a bunch of players. You see them spread out and they’re making you defend the whole field, which that offense does, and defend the whole field and every player. They’ve done a really good job to this point being highly productive offensively."
"West Virginia, I thought, was awfully good, too," Stoops said, mentioning the squad the Sooners beat 45-33 in their Big 12 opener. "But TCU looks really, really good and has played really, really well to this point."
Analysis: The Horned Frogs may be ranked second in the nation in points allowed (7.0) but I believe that figure is seriously misleading seeing as how the Horned Frogs haven’t faced an elite kind of teams in beating Samford, Minnesota and the pitiful Mustangs.
"He wants to be the best defense in the nation," TCU safety Sam Carter said of Patterson. "We get the same thing every day. … Nothing’s changed. He’s still intense, wants perfection."
I love the way Oklahoma’s defense has played this season (until their last game) and I think the Sooners are really going to contend for one of the four available playoff berths.
Oklahoma has won three straight and four of the last five in this series while also going 6-0 ATS in their last half-doze games against teams with a winning SU record.
With TCU going just 2-5 ATS in its L/7 conference games, I say back the Oklahoma Sooners to get the SU win and narrow ATS cover.
My Pick: Oklahoma -6 Points